Dear AP class of 2016-2017,
I cannot believe that another semester has come and gone, time has certainly gone by so quickly to the point where I felt like I was just starting class yesterday. But I have to say: I am absolutely stunned, amazed, and humbled that I have survived three years of AP. I had started AP English at Grade 10 under the persistence of my Grade 9 teacher with an absolute love for writing, and I know that I have grown as a friend, a writer, a reader, and a student. But I feel that the greatest things I bore witness to was not only my own self-growth, but the growth of the individuals that I surrounded myself with.
It just takes my breath away.
To think that I was surrounded by this generation’s finest minds and that I was able to grow to be the prolific writer that I am today.
And all I have to say is Thank you.
Thank you for helping me grow. Thank you for showing me that there is beauty in the darkness. Thank you for showing me that there is no shame in pursuing your passion, that it is alright to go against the norms of society. Thank you for showing me that I do not have to stifle my voice, that my opinions, my emotions, my words were worth so much. And thank you for being my solace, my confidants. Thank you so, so much.
I know that I may have my ups and downs, moments where I act too out of control, too cranky, but you all were there for me and I cannot display enough gratitude for not dismissing my feelings and my worries like it was nothing. I have met so many amazing people in this class, I have made so many friends, and that fills my heart with deep happiness.
I have great understanding of the darkness within me, within all of us. For me; however, this class taught me to not destroy that darkness, but to embrace it. Embrace that there are going to be things wrong with me and to live with that. I am the type of person that has the tendency to lose connections quite easily, but I have a feeling deep inside that I am going to return to our class for all the wonderful memories that I made.
I am simply happy to have met you all and what you have done for me. I appreciate each and every one of you and I sincerely hope that you all are happy, safe, filled with peace in the present and in the future. Because you all deserve it. No matter what happens, I know that I will never forget all you unforgettable people and I will always love you guys unconditionally. That being said: If you see me around Calgary ( if I’m still here for Uni ), don’t be afraid to say hello! Chances are, I would return it. I love you adorable AP students so, so much. I only want you all to be happy, and to feel content with your life. If you feel like nobody in the world loves you or that you are alone in this miserable place, you’re wrong. As long as I live and as long as I able to write, I will always love you guys.
Believe in who you are and what you stand for. You are absolutely, undoubtedly worth it all.
We all live in a society where words are brushed aside, and passion is quelled, where grey individuals live a monotonous life of: sleep, eat, work, home, repeat. Do not be like that. You all have great potential to change the world and I firmly believe that you all will. With whatever you guys decide to do in your future, I know that you will find success. Like I have said earlier, believe.
To my family group – Nilave, Amika, Ibukun, and Genevieve,
I love you all so much. I am so, so proud of you because you grew to be wonderful people and prolific writers. Since I am leaving this class, this is a tearful goodbye to people whom I have grown to cherish and love. I know that we have our moments where we all fight and resent each other, but I will care for you all regardless.
Nilave, you have grown so much, my friend. I am humbled by the amount of progress and determination that you have shown. You are deserving to be in this class because you offer invaluable insights that I have not thought of before. Not only that, you are funny, caring, and so nice. You have this beautiful childishness within you that you must cherish in a world that frowns upon immaturity. Please keep being yourself and my words of inspiration: Chin up. I wish you best in your future endeavors.
Amika, I am sad to say that we have not gotten to know each other well, but from the interactions that we had and from your writing, I know that you are a devastatingly intelligent individual. I know that because you have a tendency to whisper the answer to yourself and not bothering to raise your hand to answer the question. Don’t be afraid to answer the question, my dear! Everyone here deserves to hear your beautiful voice and your insight. But upon the topic of writing I will only say this, you will improve. It is not fair to yourself that you compare yourself to individuals who have been in AP far longer. Believe in yourself and you will be the great writer that you are meant to be. I am so honoured to have you in my family group and I wish you best in your future endeavors.
Ibukun, like I have said before, I am stunned and proud at the amazing progress that you have shown in your writing and whenever you talk aloud in class. I have a feeling that you will do so many more great things in this class. You are such a kind, wonderful individual that never fails to bring a smile on my face because you are so special and unique to this class. Please do not change who you are; for in my eyes, you are perfect. Thank you for being so amazingly friendly and please continue to write. From what I’ve seen, you already have such a great grasp of writing and I know that you can go upwards from here. My words of inspiration: Kindness will help you go far. Keep being yourself and I wish you best in your future endeavors.
Genevieve, my Greek Myth partner-in-crime, I am so glad that I had this chance to get to know you because you are so sardonic, cynical, and sarcastic that it makes me laugh. Like Nilave, I was so happy to see the progression of your writing and how you grew into such a prolific writer. But what I am so glad for is that you have no fear in stating the hard truth and connecting with other people on issues that we have today. Please speak up more in class because you have such great insight and I would hate for people to not bear witness to your genius. Despite what you think, I think you are absolutely perfect the way you are. My words of inspiration: Love yourself. I know that this may seem hard, but you are worth it. Do not change who you are and I wish you best in your future endeavors.
As I read over this letter with tears shining in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I have to repeat what I have said earlier. I am so honoured and humbled to be in this class, to listen to all our socratics and it fills me with sorrow, knowing that I won’t be able to hear it anymore. But despite my remorse, I have a feeling that the Grade 12s are leaving the class in good hands. That the legacy of my grade and the grade before us won’t diminish in the slightest. I know that you will make us all proud.
And in return, we will try to make you all proud.
With much love,
Bryna Anne Nacomel